Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

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Benefice of St Germans with Antony and Sheviock parishes.

The formation of a joint benefice of St Germans with Antony and Sheviock came into effect on July 1st 2019 with Rev. Canon Lynn Parker becoming the minister of the new benefice. A service of welcome and celebration of Rev. Lynn’s ministry and the start of the new benefice will take place on Sunday 14th July at 6.30pm at St Germans Priory. The service will be led by Archdeacon Audrey Elkington followed by refreshments.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 07557 302 255 (office number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson


Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


Thought for this month

The church should be a place of safety, refuge and healing where a person, including those who are suffering will find people who will love them and care for them and do the right thing for them.

Our vision must be a church that society trusts to be a voice for the marginalised, a church that is not afraid of hearing or speaking the truth and a church that always stands up for truth and justice

extract from Sir Roger Singleton IICSA enquiry report June 2018


~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

July – August 2019

Parish Lunches

The parish lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

Please note, we will be taking a summer break: last lunch will be July 17th and lunches start again on 18th September

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 


Coffee Morning  and Soup and Pud Lunch 2019

 Next lunch – Saturday 21st September

(No event in May)

10.30am – 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch and to browse the local group and charity stalls.         


Pub Theology

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Pub theology is now taking a break in July and August, resuming in September

            For any enquiries or suggestions for topics for September, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333).   All welcome!


Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

on the third Saturday of the month – all welcome!

next session:  20th July 10.30am-12 noon


Events at St Germans Priory Church



with Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Roman Catholic Bishop of St Germans and the choir from St Eustachius in Tavistock

Friday 19th July 6.30pm



Saturday 20th July

7.30pm –  doors open 7.00pm
The first time this popular award wining Gospel Choir has been to St Germans
Wine and fruit juice will be available to buy



Friday 31st August

7.30pm –  doors open 7.00pm
This wonderful Choir is returning to St Germans by popular request.
Wine and fruit juice will be available to buy.


Port Eliot Festival – access to the Priory Church
From Friday 26th July – Saturday 27th July and Sunday 28th July at noon – Tuesday 30th July inclusive. There will be no access for the general public. It will open for Port Eliot Festival only

The Very Reverend Graham White will preside at a

Parish Eucharist service with a baptism at 11.00am on Sunday 28th July 

all are welcome.

Candlelit Supper

Saturday 28th September
In aid of  the Priory Trust


Christmas Market.

Thursday 21st –  Saturday 23rd November

In aid of the Priory Trust.


9 Lessons and Carols with the East Cornwall Bach Choir

Wednesday 4th December 7.30pm


Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (mid June) there are the following shortages:

  • JAM

PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is a continuing issue, and is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, a real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.




St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Brenda Daw
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Ann Demaine
  • Peter Daw
  • Hugh Parker
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

The parish email address for all emails is:


They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services


14th July  4th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am    Morning Prayer    St Annes Church, Hessenford

11am       Morning Prayer    St Germans Priory Church

6.30pm   Welcome Service for Rev Canon Lynn Parker and beginning of the new benefice at St Germans Priory Church, refreshments to follow

15th July   Monday  

9.30am     Prayer Service     St Germans Priory Church

6pm          Prayer Service     St Nicolas Church, Downderry

18th July Thursday

9.30am     Prayer Service     St Annes Church, Hessenford

19th July  Friday

6.30pm     Ecumenical Evensong    St Germans Priory Church

20th July Saturday

10.30- 12.00am     Messy Church  St Germans Methodist Church

21st July 5th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am    Eucharist             St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am       Eucharist             St Germans Priory Church

22nd July  Monday  

9.30am    Prayer Service     St Germans Priory Church

6pm         Prayer Service     St Nicolas Church, Downderry

25th July Thursday

9.30am    Prayer Service     St Annes Church, Hessenford

28th July  6th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am    Morning Prayer    St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am       Port Eliot Festival Service with baptisms    St Germans Priory Church

29th July   Monday  

9.30am     Prayer Service     St Germans Priory Church

6pm          Prayer Service     St Nicolas Church, Downderry


1st August Thursday

9.30am    Prayer Service     St Annes Church, Hessenford

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2019

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar (position vacant)

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods